Sunday, December 3

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 67 of the invasion | Ukraine

  • Twenty wounded civilians were able to evacuate from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, and were likely to be on their way to Zaporizhzhia. Satellite images released on Sunday showed that nearly all the steel plant’s buildings had been destroyed.

  • The US House SpeakerNancy Pelosi, made a surprise visit to Kyiv. She met the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, telling him the US was committed to supporting Ukraine until the fight was done.

  • Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces had destroyed about 1,000 Russian tanks, 2,500 armored vehicles, and almost 200 aircraft. In an address on Saturday night, he said Ukraine would be free. “All… temporarily occupied cities and communities in which the occupiers are now pretending to be masters will be liberated.”

  • The British Foreign Office said on Sunday Russia was using a troll factory to spread disinformation about the war in Ukraine on social media and target foreign politicians.

  • Ukraine carried out a prisoner exchange with Russia, with seven soldiers and seven civilians going home. One of the soldiers was a woman five months pregnant.

  • A Russian missile strike on Odessa airport damaged the runway, rendering it unusable, but there were no casualties.

  • The Russian military has killed twice as many Mariupol residents in two months of war as Nazi Germany did in its two years occupying the city during the second world war.

  • The Hollywood actor and UN humanitarian envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, the regional governor said on Telegram. Jolie, who has been a UNHCR special envoy for refugees since 2011, came to speak to displaced people who found refuge in Lviv, including children undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in the missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station in early April. “She was very moved by [the children’s] stories,” Maksym Kozytskyy wrote.

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  • The UK Foreign Office is investigating reports that a British national has been detained by Russia after a video emerged showing a man in camouflage clothes being questioned. In the unverified video, reportedly shown on Russian television, the man appeared to give his name to Andrew Hill. He spoke with an English accent, he had his arm in a sling, a bandage around his head, and a bloodied hand.

  • Ukrainian police found the bodies of three civilian men in the Bucha district north of Kyiv, tied up and in some cases gagged, the regional police chief said. He said the bodies were found to have several gunshot wounds and signs of torture.

  • russian troops were forced to merge and redeploy units from their “failed advances” in Ukraine’s north-east, the UK Ministry of Defense said, as both Kyiv and Moscow dealt with serious losses in the Donbas region. “Russia hopes to rectify issues that have previously constrained its invasion by geographically concentrating combat power, shortening supply lines and simplifying command and control.”

  • Russian forces have stolen “several hundred thousand tonnes” of grain in the areas of Ukraine they occupyaccording to Ukraine’s deputy agriculture minister.

  • Russia bombarded Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, as part of its renewed push in the east of the countrywhile claiming the “draft of a possible treaty” between the two countries was being discussed on a daily basis.


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